Shirley Jones

Always in the Mood

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After the Jones Girls broke up, Kenneth Gamble (their former producer at Philadelphia Intl.) invited lead singer Shirley Jones back to the fold for her solo debut. Though it hasn't worn its mid-'80s vintage very well, Always in the Mood was a solid collection of performances that pushed one song, "Do You Get Enough Love," into the top spot on the R&B charts. Boasting the songwriting/production talents of Gamble/Huff, Bunny Sigler, Dexter Wansel, and Instant Funk's Larry Davis, the album sounded at least as good as the last few Jones Girls full-lengths, and Jones didn't sound as though she missed her sisters. Highlights include the uptempo dance track "We Can Work It Out," the classic Philly groove of the title track, and a couple of solid ballads including "Do You Get Enough Love" and "Last Night I Needed Somebody."

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